By Alayande Stephen T

The Black Image Production will be presenting again the blockbuster and scintillating stage play titled Peace of the Grave Yard come Saturday and Sunday December 19th and 20th 2009 at the New African Shrine, Agidigbin, Ikeja, Lagos. This is to usher thousands of lovers of the stage production into what it called Tiata in the Shrine, it is another chartbuster initiative of Black-Image Productions in conjunction with New African Shrine aimed at promoting stage play production in Nigeria and driving traffic back on stage through thematic thrusts that resonates boldness, consciousness and musical effect.

The stage production that is expected to be monthly is dedicated to iconic individuals who have touched lives and made political statements with their works, lives and deeds. These two are Nigerian foremost legal luminary, Chief Ganiyu Oyesola Fawehinmi, Senior Advocate of the Masses (SAM) & Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and the one and only Abami Eda of the Universe, Afro-beat originator, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. The Producer of the play has this to say “ This is a conscious effort in bringing to the fore conscious theatre where political issues will be dissected and x-rayed for the benefit of the masses and ultimately bringing about conscious political lessons not only for our leaders and those in position of power but to the mass of the people generally. The choice of Fela and Gani is apt in the history of this nation, these individuals are being celebrated globally, so, what are we waiting for? Their lives remain inspiration for millions of people and we want to replicate into existence what they believe and stood for while alive” he submits.

The play on showcase “Peace of the Grave Yard” is written by Tompson Tabi, directed by Paul Uwagbai. It is a historical excursion of the nation state called Nigeria. The play employs satire and comedy to chronicle our journey from 1960 till date. We shall no doubt laugh at our follies and at ourselves as a race but the underlining messages are passed subtly to those who will be wise enough to catch the drift as the play progresses. It is indeed, a thought-provoking plot, with a thematic thrust of Hope and Unity.

The political satire will be interpreted by the Black Image crew while invited celebrities will include General Dan Baba, Papa Sam, Nkan Eledua and one of the Nigerian foremost leading actress, Iyabo Ojo.

The production will be sand-witched with political poetry rendition from Daggar Tolar, Alayande Stephen T., conscious musical rendition from Maxim, J-Pyrce, The Monkeys, Pablo and hilarious jokes from St. Ukpabi, Helen Paul, Apostle P.K amidst many others.

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